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Museum catalogue: Polar Art Collection


Danish Settlement at Whalefish Islands, June 24 1848

Accession no.: Y: 83/11/67
Object name: Sketch
Title: Danish Settlement at Whalefish Islands, June 24 1848
Description: From a collection of watercolours and assorted sketches by Edward Adams, assistant surgeon on HMS Investigator, part of James Clark Ross's expedition, 1848-49, and on HMS Enterprise under Richard Collinson, 1850-55. After his experience in the Arctic, Adams passed his medical exams, and travelled to west Africa in May 1856 aboard the steampship Hecla. He died there of typhus, and was buried at Sierra Leone.
Medium: Sketch
Artist: Adams, Edward
Note: This collection passed into the possession of Francis Skead, lieutenant on Enterprise, 1850-55. The writing on most of the sheets can be identified as Skead's, on comparison with text in his private journals. The collection was presented to SPRI by his grandson C.J. Skead in October 1985.
  • Width: 262mm, height: 178mm